100% Money Back Guarantee | Free Shipping On Orders Over $75
0

Your Cart is Empty

Frozen Ground and Your Horse's Hooves - What to Watch For

February 13, 2018

 

 

In some parts of the county, the frozen ground is a welcome occurrence!  Bugs are gone, snow might be coming, and the earth gets a time to rest.  BUT - you horse’s hooves might not appreciate it so much.

 

Frozen ground is wickedly hard - harder than any concrete or asphalt road.  It also likes to freeze rocks into place, creating little spikes in the ground.  Your horse won’t be able to kick them out of the way, so tripping is a risk, as are nasty bruises from landing on one of those - even at the walk.


You also need to be diligent around muddy pastures that have frozen.  As the ground freezes, the hoof prints created in the mud freeze, creating small mountain ranges in the pasture.  Not good for hoof soles, and the possibility of injury is there if your horse twists a leg.

 

Ice is the third big concern when the ground is frozen, as a falling horse often leads to major traumas. 

 

A hoof pad inside a hoof boot can help to support your horse. 

 

When it comes to your horse’s hooves and frozen ground, you can support his hoof health in a few ways. 

 

  • Use hoof boots on the barefoot horse and use pads on the shod horse.  Create a nice barrier between anything that could bruise the sole and your horse’s hoof.

 

 

  • Use a gel pad or cushion pad in conjunction with your Veterinarian’s plan if your horse does come up with a bruise.

 

  • Eliminate your horse’s exposure to icy ground. 

 

  • Keep an area of your farm, like a round pen, groomed and fluffy for turnout on frozen days if the paddocks are not safe. 

 

 

Cross your fingers for an early spring!



Also in Learn

Epsom Salts for Hoof Care

April 19, 2018

How Do Epsom Salts Work?

 

Epsom salts, available at most tack shops, feed stores, and pharmacies, is magnesium sulfate.  It’s chunkier than regular salt, and dissolves easily in water.  In the horse world, epsom salts are commonly used for helping to treat a hoof abscess. When epsom salts get wet, the absorb moisture, which is the “drawing out” part of treating an abscess. 

 

 

Read More
Hoof Treatments - Ichthammol

March 20, 2018

Do you need to keep ichthammol in your Vet Kit?

 



Ichthammol is a dark and sticky black salve that draws out infections.    It’s made of a base ingredient, like beeswax or paraffin, mixed with sulfur rich shale.    The shale starts as sedimentary rock, and through a series of steps becomes an oil of which ichthammol is made.

Read More
Horse Hoof Anatomy - The Frog

March 15, 2018

Horse Hoof Anatomy - The Frog

 

 

When you look at the horse’s hoof in great detail, there’s a lot more going on than just the sole, wall, and what’s inside.    The frog has some critical functions in the hoof as well as the rest of the horse. 


The frog is the spongy triangular shaped tissue on the hoof bottom.    The apex, or pointy part, points to the front of the hoof.    The base is wider and extends out the back of the hoof.      The hoof’s center of gravity is at the approximate apex of the frog. 

Read More
News & Updates

Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more …